Maison & Objet is one of the biggest events on the international design calendar, and for good reason. With hundreds of brands, thousands of objects and more events than hours in a day, it’s no surprise the who’s who of design flock to Paris in January. We were fortunate to again attend the cornerstone event late last month, as est Managing Director Miffy Coady zipped over for a fast and furious week in France.
And fast and furious it certainly was; whether celebrating the 2018 Designer of the Year Cecilie Manz, making friends with the plethora of Italian talent showcased through the Rising Talent Awards or simply taking in the incredible work on show throughout the halls of Maison & Objet 2018, there was no shortage of great design. To share just some of our standouts from Maison & Objet 2018, we’ve compiled ten lighting and furniture pieces that to us exemplify the creativity and craftsmanship of the event.
It isn’t new, but as the Maison & Objet Designer of the Year for 2018 we just had to include something from this talented Danish designer and her take on the form of an everyday chair is one of our favourites. Described by Manz as “a chair in plural form”, the piece is produced exactly like any other wooden chair – except it can fit three. For both a sense of sculpture, play and curiosity this remains a great example of Manzs’ design aesthetic. One drawback: while Pluralis was distributed as a limited edition by Mooment, it is not currently in production (though we will certainly be keeping our eyes peeled for a new release).
Individually handmade, this new lighting series by German designer Sebastian Herkner demonstrates the changeability and potential of porcelain. Often regarded as a classic, delicate material, Herkner repositions porcelain as a subtly contemporary material choice, uniting modern interior design sensibilities with traditional craftsmanship. Available in standing, wall or freestanding options, MOIRA proves the versatility of porcelain far beyond tableware and gift items.
The Modular Sofa by Handvark
Handvark had plenty to admire at Maison & Objet this year, but for sheer indulgence and functionality (not to mention catching our eye from the entrance of Hall 8) we’ve settled on their new Modular Sofa, designed by Emil Thorup. Staying true to their Nordic DNA, the sofa draws on elegant materials with a refined silhouette – making for a piece suited to a host of styles and spaces. Made like building blocks, the modules include a middle module, corner module and ottoman, and come in a new collection of decadent velvet fabrics; dark grey, royal blue and sand.
We first admired this lighter-than-air seeming series of lamps at the new Halcyon Lake showroom, but strolling through the multidisciplinary studio’s immersive Maison & Objet stand gave the design even more impact. Designed by Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen, the Cloud Softlight is that elusive balance of statement design object and lighting solution, a soft and moody addition to any room.
One of the true greats of contemporary European design, Ligne Roset are always a welcome sight at Maison & Objet and this year did not disappoint. They’ve enlisted Milan-based industrial design agency Studio Klass to create a series of Japanese-influenced pieces, including our personal standout the Radian shelving unit. With its streamlined shape and oak and metal frame, it’s a sophisticated storage option for all manner of items.
Another Cecilie Manz masterpiece, the Caravaggio Lamps have set the modern standard when it comes to lighting design. At Maison & Objet 2018, Republic of Fritz Hansen unveiled four new earthy tones; Archipelago Stone, a pebbly grey hue; Warm Silk, a delicate and creamy grey; Dark Sienna, a rich cocoa red; and Dark Ultramarine, an almost-black bluish tone. The new tones continue the timeless style of the Caravaggio Lamps, while offering a new take on the style.
As we learned pretty quickly in our recent interview with Kensaku Oshiro, this Japanese-born, Italy-based designer has a fiercely unique portfolio. As one of the nominated Rising Talent designers at Maison & Objet 2018, Oshiro delivered plenty of design treats, but it’s his reinterpretation of the traditional seat that caught our eye. Inspired by the handcraft of the artisans from Chiavari, CC01 is elegant, light and timeless .
A true modern classic, Constance Guissets‘ lamp could be seen throughout both M&O and at Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs where she is currently exhibiting her 10 years in design. With its distinct shape, ultra-light fibreglass structure and velvety polyurethane ribbons, the Vertigo pendant lamp demands attention in any environment. Described by Guisset as a “den lamp” it is a striking addition to any space, both ethereal and graphic.
Another young gun included in the 2018 Rising Talent awards, Federico Peri proved he’s one to watch with this limited edition works, including the standout ‘Living in a Chair’ piece. The Milan-based interior and furniture designer defines his own interest as “the synergy between the historical and contemporary”, exploring form and material in a thoroughly original manner. We didn’t see anything else at M&O quite like Peri’s works – and amongst the sheer enormity on show, that’s a refreshing thing indeed.
Another contemporary icon given new materiality, French designer Patrick Norguet debuted his updated ‘Fox’ collection of armchairs for Italian furniture company Pedrali. The new leather shell lends a luxury to the highly functional shape of the chair, further supporting the shell-like form of the seat. And as terracotta tones continue to trend in 2018, both hue and tactility are sure to be a hit for Pedrali over the coming year.
Interested in more Maison & Objet 2018 content? Read our interview with Kensaku Oshiro or keep an eye out for the next issue of est magazine.